In an unprecedented move for an ex-partner of a royal, Sarah Ferguson has followed Prince Andrew in visiting Buckingham Palace, in what is understood to have been requested by the Queen. The move comes after Prince Andrew opened up on his relationship with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein in an interview with the BBC’s Emily Maitlis at the Palace. Following the interview, Prince Andrew has seen organisations withdraw their support for his [email protected] initiative and he has been forced to resign from some of his endeavours.
The statement added: “The Board of The Outward Bound Trust thanks HRH The Duke of York for his support over many years.”
Andrew also stepped down as Chancellor of Huddersfield University.
Today, the 59-year-old was photographed leaving his house for the first time since it was announced he resigned from royal duties.
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Prince Andrew was seen smiling as he was driving away from the Royal Lodge.
The Duke of York was alone in the car, and waved at people waiting outside his home in Windsor.
Shortly after he left, members of his security team distributed tea, coffee and Waitrose festive biscuits to photographers waiting outside.
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Prince Andrew was then spotted exiting his vehicle in the courtyard of Buckingham Palace this morning - hours before Sarah, nicknamed Fergie, was also summoned.
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Andrew today resigned from his role as patron of Outward Bound Trust - a position he took over from his father, the Duke of Edinburgh, just nine months ago in March.
The embattled Duke of York handed in his resignation to the Trust, which accepted it 24 hours after a raft of other organisations cut ties with the royal.
In a statement the Trust said: “The Board of The Outward Bound Trust has today accepted the resignation as Patron of HRH the Duke of York following his announcement yesterday that he will be withdrawing from public duties for the unforeseeable future.”